First race to Bathurst winner
25/04/2009 at 10:52:49 PM:

The first race in the opening round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Cars and presented by Boylan Traffic Solutions was won by Rod Salmon who drove his Swirk.com Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X to an all the victory over the Wilson Brothers Racing Subaru Impreza STi of Lee Castle at Wakefield Park near Goulburn this afternoon.

Preceded by a flyover by an A37 Dragon Fly jet flyover the first round boasted its biggest numbers ever for the start of a series with 18 cars covering four classes competing. In taking the race at the Shannons Nationals second round outright, Salmon who also shared victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour, also claimed the win in Class A1 for High Performance All Wheel Drive vehicles.

Garry Holt held third after the start in his BMW 335i Turbo Class A2 for High Performance Rear Wheel Drive but midway through the 14 lap race, power steering failure slowed him enough for Jake Camilleri, in first of the Class B (Hot Hatches and Sedans) cars, to challenge and eventually elevate his Mazda 3 MPS through to take third.

Holt was struggling in the second half of the race but refocused to hold off Class B rivals Bob Brewer (HSV VY Clubsport), Tim Sipp (HSV VE Clubsport) and Chris Delfsma (Ford Falcon BF GT) – that trio dicing fiercely throughout. Behind them Steve Briffa (HSV VE Clubsport) and Marty Miller (HSV VZ Clubsport) were also duelling competitively before the latter gained the upper hand.

Behind that pair was Glynn Crimp who had fallen well back early before staging a mini comeback to head home Miller (taking him on the last lap), Matt Brady (Falcon BF XR6 Turbo), and Matt McGill (Falcon AU XR8). Both Gerry Keogh (VE Clubsport) and Allan Shephard (BMW 130i) could have been ahead of the Falcons but for spectacular spins in the course of the race.

Yet they recovered to head home Class C Production Sports winner Colin Osborne (Toyota Celica), Osborne’s team mate Stuart Jones in a leased Celica, and the Trevor Keene Mini Cooper S driven by Gerry Keogh’s son Shaun.

The Australian Manufacturers Championship, incorporating the Australian Production Car Championship for drivers, allows a wide-ranging list of vehicles sold in the domestic motor car market to take to the track and compete for a prestigious CAMS title. The two-pronged Championship awards the vehicle manufacturer, as well as the ultimately successful driver, over five rounds of action-packed racing. Five separate classes make up the Championship and provide one of the most eclectic fields of competitors in Australian motor sport. Incorporating High Performance vehicles all the way through to those running on Alternative Energy, the Australian Manufacturers Championship places style alongside muscle, ingenuity versus agility, and continent against continent. What ensues is intense racing.

AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND ONE RACE ONE RESULT (14 laps)
Driver Car Race Time
1 Rod Salmon (NSW) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 15:54.1263
2 Lee Castle (QLD) Subaru Impreza WRX STi 16:02.4471
3 Jake Camilleri (QLD) Mazda 3 MPS 16:13.1997
4 Garry Holt (NSW) BMW 335i 16:17.3747
5 Bob Brewer (NSW) Holden HSV VY Clubsport R8 16:18.2657
6 Tim Sipp (QLD) Holden HSV VE Clubsport R8 16:20.7357
7 Chris Delfsma (NSW) Ford Falcon BF GT 16:21.7273
8 Steve Briffa (NSW) Holden HSV VE Clubsport R8 16:31.1321
9 Glyn Crimp (WA) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 16:32.4824
10 Marty Miller (NSW) Holden HSV VZ Clubsport R8 16.33.0175
14 Matt Brady (NSW) Ford Falcon BF XR6 Turbo 16:56.8885
12 Matt McGill (NSW) Ford Falcon AU XR8 13 laps
13 Gerard Keogh (QLD) Holden HSV VE Clubsport R8 13 laps
14 Allan Shephard (NSW) BMW 130i 13 laps
15 Colin Osborne (NSW) Toyota Celica 13 laps
16 Peter O’Donnell (NSW) BMW 130i 13 laps
17 Stuart Jones (NSW) Toyota Celica 13 laps
18 Shaun Keogh (QLD) Mini Cooper S 13 laps
 
 
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